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Short's The Golden RuleShort's The Golden Rule

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Short's Brewing Company
Michigan, United States

Style: English India Pale Ale (IPA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

Availability: Summer

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Added by BeerBeing on 02-25-2007

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Reviews: 61 | Ratings: 103
Photo of mikesgroove
4.42/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

so i decided last night to break out 10+, thats right 10+ new shorts beers for a nice sampling with the family. turns out my and my brother in law were the only ones willing to go down this road, so long afternoon for sure. serve cold and consumed on 10/02/2010.

the last in my long run through the shorts catalog last night, i actually had forgotten about this one and we found it in the fridge still while cleaning up. pours out a nice light amber color with a smooth, even head of white that faded too quickly on me leaving me hoping for a little more pop.

nice tight aroma of dirty citrus hops, floral herabl notes, fresh grass an a healthy dose of nice cereal grains that served to balance it out quite nicely. a nice and rich flavor was then brought to the forefront with a quick hitting dose of hops that soon wash the palate with rich notes of orange peel, doses of fresh grass and a nice and well balanced malty profile that really puts the finishing touches on a light an fantastic mixture. nice light and smooth finish with a light dryness.

overall a very solid example of an ipa, english or american this really worked quite well for me.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.28/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer looks awesome. This beer smells great. This beer tastes very nice. The hop tones seem to mesh well with all of the other beer characteristics in a way that create an awesome drinking experience for me. I don't know if I got a very fresh bottle or what, but who cares. I'd love to try this on cask or as a draft.

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Photo of koopa
4.23/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12oz bottle received as an extra in a trade with a generous BA thanks!

Appearance: Pours a hazy golden orange with a 2 finger white crown that displays medium retention and lace.

Smell: Earthy hops, floral hops, and citrus hops over pale malt...almost a wheat quality in the nose for some reason.

Taste: Same as the nose with a moderate bitter finish. I'd give it a 4.2 if I could.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with great carbonation but the finish is a bit thin.

Drinkability: This is so sessionable...

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Photo of johnd513
4.22/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I picked up this growler on a recent trip to the brewery. The brewery describes this beer as an organic English style IPA. Pours a light golden color with a small white head that quickly dissipates. Smells of malted barley and grains. The taste is fairly light and clean with with muted citrus flavors that are toned down compared to an American IPA. The mouthfeel has medium to high carbonation and finishes smooth. Drinkability is extremely high. I will have no problem finishing the growler. This is my first experience with organic beers. Organic is not something I would be willing to pay extra for but this one is right on the mark.

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Photo of alleykatking
4.2/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle.

A- Pours a hazy golden yellow color. One and a half finger white head shows medium retention (a lot more so than other Short's beers). Specks of lace are left all over the glass and some slide back into the glass.

S- A grainy like underbody to this beer is overwhelmed by a huge earthy grassy note in the front of the beer. Light citrus undertones in the back half of the aroma. This shows a little more earthy hint in the ending with a light hint of alcohol.

T- A dulled earthy hop bite comes out in the front of the beer. Hints of grain with light pepper notes in the middle of the beer. Light bready hints also play a light part in the middle of the beer. The citrus hops show themselves on the start of the ending which fade toward a light honey tone and crisp piney hop bite. Light alcohol shows itself toward the ending which warms the stomach.

M- Light mouthfeel. Carbonation is good for the style. Earthy hops and light malt base shows itself on the palate. With the aftertaste being mostly alcohol, piney hops, and hints of grain. This beer was very well balanced for the style I thought. No off flavors were present when I was drinking this beer. Light alcohol drying on the palate.

O- This was a good drinking beer. Nothing over the top at all just a nice flavorful beer. The ABV never showed itself except for the drying on the palate at times. A pleasant exception to my rule of not really caring for a lot of the English IPA style. This had enough bite to make it a memorable tasting beer.

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Photo of tetonka4kzoo
4.17/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy orange with a lacey crisp head.

Smells of aromatic hops and yeast. It's very citrusy and has a strong orange smell.

The taste has bitter hops and pine. This is more of an IPA than a golden ale. It has a higher balance of hops than malt.

It has a creamy feel. Its medium-bodied and finishes smooth.

Good drinkability, not as much as I was expecting from its ABV. Great seasonal brew and very tasty like all Shorts Brews. Great beer label!

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Photo of Andrewtherooster
4.17/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Poured this beer hard into a mug. Nice fluffy head that dissipated into a ring around the class. Hazy golden in color.

This beer smells a lot like pepper, but there's a good nutty malt that cuts it--think roasted sunflower seeds. The label refer to this as a "golden ale" which through me off a bit because I expected something more Belgian in nature.

Upon tasting the beer, I was definitely taken aback. I have never had a beer that tasted like this. There was a great, crisp hoppy bitterness, but instead of going in the floral or citrus direction I've come accustomed to, these hops were earthy and spicy. I could taste black peppercorn, banana peppers, and hints of garlic. None too overpowering though as the malts washed in that nice nuttiness that I sensed in the smell. The smell very well foreshadowed the taste, but the taste grew on my tongue and really expanded on what was presented before.

I think I've come to think that the best, most flavorful beers are all of 7% ABV or more, but this offering from Short's is a great beer. On its own, and at its ABV, I could drink it all day, but I could only imagine what this beer could do with food--I'm thinking some garlic naan, arugula salad, battered on tempeh, or alongside a nutty curry.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
4.16/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I picked up a few bottles of this at International Beverage in Grand Rapids this week. The nearly blasphemous label gave me no pause, any indecision was based purely on no knowledge of the type of beer (golden ale was all it hinted at). After trying it I agree with the category assigned on BA, a nice subtle English India Pale Ale.

The beer is hazy and light golden colored with a huge rocky foam, solid looking. The aroma is very light on hops, floral and earthy, very near to a honey-infused aroma, really nice. The taste is light and delicious, at least on a 92F+ day like today on my deck. Very light citrus, more of the floral tastes but again not too strong, just right for an English IPA.

Light-medium bodied and easy to drink on a hot day, this is another winner from Shorts.

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Photo of pokesbeerdude
4.05/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to kzoobrew for this 12oz bottle. Into a DFH Signature glass.

A: Pours a nice golden color, fairly hazy, with about a quarter of an inch of head that completely fades away into an island of bubbles and a few spots of lacing.

S: Intense English hope note, lots of grassy, earth notes. Reminds me quite a bit of Boulder Brewing Co.'s Cold Hop. I don't know how else to describe but as grass clippings that have sat for a day or two, not fresh, but that kind of funky/earthy quality they take on after a few days. Quite herbal from the hops, and not a whole lot else really shows itself in the nose, maybe a bit of grainy malts, but this is definitely a hop forward beer.

T: Again a very hop forward beer, lots of black pepper and currants mix in with the grassy and generally spicy character of the beer. Slight bit of graininess and honey way at the end, but mainly just a simple base malt bill that complements the hops nicely. Pretty light bitterness, just enough to balance things out, the dryness of the beer aids with the bitterness. This is pretty damn tasty.

M: Lighter in body, medium carbonation and perfectly dry. This is excellent here.

O: I have really enjoyed this beer, its a nice change of pace from the American IPA hop profiles (cascade, simcoe, amarillo, etc.). I could see myself having quite a few pints of this, and potentially trying to homebrew something in this vein of beers.

Thanks Kevin!

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Photo of alexgash
4.01/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle.

Great label art! "Brew unto other as you would have them brew unto you." Pours a partially cloudy, glowing deep golden. Finger of dense, whipped, eggshell white head. Good lacing. Somewhat of a subdued nose, with notes of fresh hops (piney, resinous) and cookie dough malt.

Lightly toasted grainy malt up front. Bready, with a hint of fruit. Earthy, resinous hops gradually move in and build up a little momentum. Slightly metallic and citrusy near the finish. Earthy, herbal bitterness dominates the finish. Some lingering biscuit malt. Moderate body with a creamy feel. A nice, sessionable beer. Keep up the special releases!

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Photo of JamnesCameron
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Le Cheval Blanc pint glass. Pours a hazy golden hue with a big, rocky, two fingered off white head. Head is slow to drop, leaving chunky lacing behind.

Aromas of light citrus hops, lemon, lemon zest, very faint hint of caramel malt.

Flavors of clean, lemony hop bitterness, good backbone of malt. A mild astringency. Finish is medium, with a lemon zest lingering, then turning to a firm bitterness.

Mouthfeel is medium, with a mouthcoating bitterness. Nice bitter tug at the back of the teeth.

Overall, a nice effort toward an english IPA. Nothing too aggressive or offensive. One of Shorts better, non-gimmicky beers.

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Photo of drabmuh
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer is light amber in color and mildly hazy with a white head of big bubbles and some lacing on the glass.

Aroma is earthy and hoppy with a mild pine note to it.

Beer is malty and thick in body and not very hoppy or bitter at all. The overall feel of the hops are earthy and piny with a nice feel to them but the flavors are not met with any late bitterness. Overall decent EIPA but not a repeat for me.

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Photo of abecall98
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thank's to that Kzoobrew for hooking me up with an assortment of Shorts.

A - very cloudy, but the head is nice and sticky. It looks like a Hefe, with an IPA head.

S - hops. A little fair at colder temp, but as it warms the hop profile come through a bit. A slight fruitiness finishes the beer.

T - the malt beins the taste. Slight sweetness. I taste a blend of simcoe and citra in the hops that finish, but I could be wrong.

M - it's nice. The carbonation level is good, the beer is sticky. I like that with my IPA's.

O - just a good IPA. Not amazing, but just good.

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Photo of kzoobrew
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden yellow body, fairly clear and free of sediment. Three finger bone white head perched atop. The head slowly fades back leaving plenty of moth eaten lacing clinging to the walls of the glass.

Soft bready malt base is set beneath a blanket of lemongrass and floral hops. The balance between the hops and malt is on point for the style. The clean grain aroma works well with the earthiness of the hops.

Toasted bread and a bit of a grassy hop flavor combine at the front of the tongue. The hop presence increases as the the beer travels towards the back of the palate. The grassy flavor never fades but does pick up the lemon citrus flavor to compliment it. Light peppery hop characteristic noted through. Admittedly, I strongly prefer the citrus packed American hops to the earthy English variety on display, but it is hard to deny that they work in this beer.

Light to medium bodied beer with lively carbonation. Slight oily texture as the beer glides across the tongue. The finish is rather dry though some of the grassy hop flavors seems to want to linger.

The flavors remind me of spring but seem more appropriate to drink in the summer heat. I see the English IPA influence but I am not sure I would label it as such. Very pleasant beer although you that does not suit my personal tastes. One who enjoys the flavor profile more would have no issue drinking several in a sitting.

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Photo of semibaked
3.99/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

A - Pours a hazy golden orange with decent carbonation and a half inch of white head on top.

S - Smells of bright hops, oranges, grapefruits, and honey. Really nice and inviting.

T - The bitterness from the hops comes out right away and has a lot of depth to it too. Also orange peel and zest, pine flavors too.

M - Slick oiliness and thin, but I didn't expect anything else.

D - Definitely good and will buy it again. Nice, crisp, and refreshing!

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Photo of ritzkiss
3.98/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle thanks to viggo and his fridge of treasures - just look inside and pull something out! Grabbed this one because of the sweet label of Jesus and a pint.

Neat beer. Pours a light golden with a finger of head. Earthy, spicy hops on the nose, a bit of apply fruit. Drinks the same, add some toast, a little earth, a light sweetness, moderate hop bite. Dry and earthy, the hops provide a unique quality to this one. Easy drinking. No wow factor, just a well made drinkable beer that would pair well with food - like the arugula salad suggestion that was made earlier. Thanks viggo!

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Photo of ryantho00
3.97/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

PPours a bright hazy golden straw orange with a fluffy white 2 finger that falls away quickly.

I get a slight citrus and tropical fruit smell on the nose with a toasted malt/grain whiff with a hint of lemon zest. Nice light smell.

This has a crisp and light medium carbonated mouthfeel. I get hints of citrus, and some slight bitterness from some refreshing (cascade?) Hops, piney grass, lemon, some toasted malt near then end and a slight dry finish.

Overall, a nice summer brew, good crispness and refreshment with just enough bitter hops that blend well together.

Hangin' Frank (controversi-ale) is slightly sweeter and less fresh, similar though.


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Photo of gordavidson
3.95/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- A hazy yellow liquid with a little bit of orange and gray highlights around the edges. The white head is creamy and has some good retention.

S- Citrus rind, orange meat, some cooked vegetables, and Swiss cheese. Rather unique and enjoyable.

T- Earth, citrus, and butter. Pretty unique and much tastier than I anticipated.

M- Creamy but seems to leave a lasting bitterness and and an odd coating in the mouth.

D- A tasty unique take on the style. Well balanced and enjoyable. Worth trying.

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Photo of DannyDan
3.93/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours out a golden amber color with a thin white head. It has good retention and good lacing to it. It has a pleasant honey lemony orange aroma with some earthy hops. The taste starts out with a grassy taste followed by some honey lemon and finishes off with an orange and floral hops taste. The mouthfeel starts off kind of watery since this seems to be a light to medium bodied brew and leaves a dry, but sticky feel to the lips. Another good IPA from Short's.

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Photo of thagr81us
3.92/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Massive thanks goes out to beeruser for sharing this one with funkydelic and I at an impromptu tasting! Served from bottle into a Mikkeller sampler wine glass. Poured a hazy straw yellow witha minimal white head. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, fruit, and fruity hop. The flavor was of sweet malt, fruity hop, and banana. It had a light feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was a pretty good brew. The hop character on this one really shined through for me and when blended with the other components of it made it quite enjoyable. This one definitely had a dominant fruit aspect going on here. Definitely worth your time to try this one.

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Photo of BMoney575
3.92/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sampled on 4-10-10

Pours a hazy pale golden color, with a filmy white head and thin but chunky lacing.

Smell is light and fruity, with a delicate citrus hop aroma that is extremely enjoyable.

Taste is just like the smell, light and slightly fruity malt flavors with a tasty citrus hop kick. The finish is pleasantly bitter with a spicy lemon aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is thin but with nice carbonation to accent the hop flavors.

Drinkability is very good, a tart but light session beer.

Overall, a very good beer and worth keeping around.

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Photo of beerhan
3.9/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a muddy brown with a huge white head. Lots of sediment and medium carbonation. A rather nice looking beer.

S- Smells mildly floral. I really cannot smell all that much but it smells very earthy almost as if this is some kind of super organic dirt beer.

T- There is almost no hop presence at first but there is a mild bitterness afterwards. This beer almost reminds me of good humans as in it really has the fresh from the ground tastes to it. It has a really nice fruity taste to it but I can't quite put my finger on it. There also is a little bit of fig.

M- Real refreshing, would be nice on a hot summer day. A very refreshing medium cabonated beer.

D- I could drink this throughout the summer but it is missing something. I think it could either use a little more of a hop presence or just be sweeter, it is kind of in between. Nonetheless worth trying! Seriously though the label is awesome and is worth getting at least for it.

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Photo of flexabull
3.9/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottle three of my huge Shorts haul courtesy of mikesgroove, thanks again!

Pours a hazy gold color with a nice big white head, good lacing too.

Aromas remind me of a Belgian Pale, some bubblegum, mixed spices, and lemon zest.

Taste starts out dry, with light sugary sweetness, and settles into some pretty bitter hop flavors. Some mineral, crushed aspirin, and lemon zest. The bitterness is pretty strong, but it works well with the golden pale ale like qualities.

Mouthfeel is a little lacking, not bad, but it feels thin.

Drinkability is good. This is a tasty little beverage, reminds me almost of a Belgian IPA. Worth trying.

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Photo of StoutHunter
3.88/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I picked up a bottle of Short's The Golden Rule yesterday for $1.79 at The Lager Mill. I have been wanting to try this beer since it was released but I always ended up grabbing the more obscure beers from Short's instead, so when I saw a couple bottles on the shelf I knew this was my chance to try it or I would have to wait till it was released again. No visible bottling date but I know this was released in the spring of 2011, I hope it hasn't lost all of it's hops. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a imperial pint glass.

A- I like the label on this beer, it really sticks out and the quote on the bottle suits this beer nicely. It poured a slightly hazy pale golden yellow color with three fingers worth of fluffy, bubbly white head that died down to a thick layer that stayed the rest of the time and it left lots of nice lacing. This has to be one of the better looking beers I have had from Short's, the color was nice and the size and retention of the head was excellent.

S- The aroma starts out with some bready and grainy malts that have some sweetness to them but not enough to make me worried. I picked up a good amount of lemon and lemon zest in this brew that give it some nice citrus aromas. The hops smells like a 50/50 split of grassy/earthy hops and piney hops, the combination made for a nice hop aroma.

T- The taste starts off with those grainy malts from the aroma that have a slight bready taste to them and it has a very low amount of sweetness. In the middle I pick up the lemon zest which adds some nice citrus notes to this beer, there is also a slight bitter aspirin taste that is a little off putting. The finish has a good amount of bitterness to it but it isn't overly bitter for a Pale ale and there is that nice mixture of hops that I picked up in the aroma that leans more towards the earthy and grassy aspects of the hops with a slight amount of pine thrown in there.

M- Crisp, dry, and Medium bodied. Most of the beers I have had from Short's have had a low amount of carbonation, but this beer had lots of carbonation, I liked it and worked great with this brew.

Overall I thought this was good beer. On BA it's classified as an English IPA, but from what the bottle says and my personal experience I am reviewing this as a Pale Ale, it just has a lot more in common with a Pale Ale then it does with an English IPA. I liked most things about this beer with the drinkability and mouthfeel the best, but I wasn't a fan of the faint aspirin like taste it had, I think this beer would be slightly better without it. This brew did have some great drinkability, it went down a lot smoother and faster then I expected. I also really liked how this beer was well carbonated, most Short's aren't so this was a pleasant surprise. I could see myself buying a six pack of this if it is released next spring, it just tastes like a beer suited for the spring weather. If pale ales are your thing then this may be a good beer for you. I imagine the hops stick out more when this brew is fresh but all in all I feel it held up pretty well and still retained much of its hop flavors. I am chalking this up as another good brew from Short's, you guys are a very versatile brewery and I am glad to have access to all your great beers.

EDIT- Just had the spring 2012 release, and it was just a good as when I reviewed, a good pale ale. They did change the label this year it looks like buddha is sharing the idea of beer with Jesus, pretty weird and much different from the label last year, I like last years label better, I don't really get this one.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.87/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap at ChurchKey DC into a tulip glass.

Appearance is golden, with hints of orange hues and slight cloudy body. No head presented but leaves the smallest of collars.

Big lemon burst on the nose on this beer, and a grassy hop bitter sense. Quite nice and impressive.

Hops and herbal tea upon tasting, oolong black bitter tea dust finishing with a pine hop sense on the swallow. Quite enjoyable.

Overall interesting beer, I was kind of surprised by it. But strangely can't say much more about it, and I am not exactly drawn to it either, and can't say I'd want to have this again sometime.

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Short's The Golden Rule from Short's Brewing Company
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